Slow Food Australia’s Ark of Taste reflects our country’s vast landscape of diverse climates, cultures and foods – from Queensland’s native Bunya nut to the Ligurian Bee honey found on Flinders Island and Victoria’s heritage pear varieties.
Managed by the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, the Ark of Taste is an international project that counts almost 2000 products worldwide: an extraordinary heritage of fruits, vegetables, animal breeds, cheeses, breads, sweets, cured meats and more…
Products that are accepted to the Ark of Taste represent small-scale quality productions strongly linked to a local culture that are threatened by industrial agriculture, the standardization and large-scale distribution of global food markets, and environmental degradation.
Particularly important for the Australian Ark are foods from the traditional diets of indigenous Australians and cultures, such as the Pindan walnut from Western Australia and Finger limes from Australia’s East Coast. These wild foods reflect not only exciting nutritional and flavour profiles, but also the great importance of cultural knowledge and landscapes and the passing on of that knowledge.
The Australian Ark currently includes 17 products, and we hope to add many more in the next months and years. Anyone can make a nomination, and can find more information and nomination forms here. http://www.slowfoodfoundation.com/ark
To discuss the Australian Ark, or possible new products, please contact Cherry Ripe, the President of the Australian Ark National Commission.
AUSTRALIAN ARK PRODUCTS